The Leftoid fantasy Socialist view of Paris:
|"Bringing the War Home" 2004|
|"The War Within" 2005|
|"The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage" By Todd Gitlin|
|i.s. #14, December 1969|
|LIFE Jun 2, 1947, p, 40|
BOY WRECKS TRAIN
Express is upset and five people are injured by a childish prankFive-year-old Marion Delgado lives close to the Western Pacific’s railroad tracks in Decoto, Calif. On May 20 Marion was trying to smash a concrete slab. But it would not break. The slab weighed 25 pounds. Marion lugged it over to the tracks and bounced it on the rails, but it still would not break. Then Marion had an idea.
At 11:10 a.m. the Feather River Express boomed into Decoto at 50 mph. There was a crash. The engine jumped the rails, tore up 300 feet of track, hit a switch and turned over. The engineer and four other people were injured.
“Why did you do it, boy?” said the police to Marion. Marion shrugged, “I couldn't break that big rock by myself,” he said, “so I decided to let the train do it.” Police, unable to punish 5-year-old Marion, could only hope that parents of equally ingenious children would keep them under control.
Last September, Lanker heard from a graduate student friend that UW's Social Justice Research Center, a 2-year-old anonymously endowed institution, was planning to bring Ayers to campus in the spring to discuss education theory.
Having read Ayers' memoirs in high school, Lanker was excited at the news.
"I'm honestly interested what the man has to say about education," she said. "He's the pre-eminent expert in the field, well respected, and it's an issue that I'm very interested in. Because I think that educational reform is a key piece of keeping people out of the criminal justice system."
But many others weren't as thrilled by the news. When media reports came out about Ayers' visit, the SJRC and university administrators were bombarded with hundreds of phone calls and e-mails expressing outrage that UW would invite someone with Ayers' past to speak. Some of the calls threatened violence or cutting off funding to the university.
On March 31, SJRC director Francisco Rios withdrew the invitation for Ayers to speak, citing safety concerns.
When Lanker heard the news, she was -- in her words -- "pissed."
She contacted Ayers, who readily agreed to come to UW later in the month and even offered to cover his travel expenses himself.
For his speaking fee, Lanker hit the phones. She raised nearly $2,000 in 48 hours, all from individual Wyoming residents.
"The reason that I decided to do something about it was because I didn't know if anybody else was, and this is something that I felt passionate about," she said. "I just felt like it was completely egregious the way that (UW administrators) were handling it."
"I almost felt," she said, "like they were daring someone to do something about it."
But when she told UW Provost Myron Allen of her plans, she soon received a phone call from Susan Weidel, the school's attorney, notifying her Ayers was banned from speaking on campus. UW still hasn't given a reason for its decision.
She and Ayers sued a couple of days later.Also, there is no mention of "tea party," "teaparty," "tea" or "party" in the article. Other articles of the time are missing any tea party references too, including Professor Ayers own article in one of original Yippie Paul Krassner's favorite haunts, The Rag Blog.